Green IT

Green IT

IT Services is committed to helping Trinity meet its aims under the Sustainable Development Policy. Below is some information on what we're doing to help meet these goals, and what part you can play too. For broader information on Trinity's environmental initiatives as a whole, you may also find the information on the University's Green Pages of interest.

What we're doing

  • We carry out responsible recycling of all old computing equipment and office materials
  • We have moved to the use of communal multifunctional print devices, away from personal desktop printers
  • The provision of the BlackBoard Learn service for online learning reduces travel requirements and the need for printed materials
  • Server virtualisation reduces the amount of physical server hardware used
  • In the IT Services computer rooms, the computers' power saving settings have been optimised
  • The Datapac multi-function printers are set to print to duplex and scan to email, to save paper and print toner
  • In our world-class Green Data Centre the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact. The focus is on sustainability, reduced operational costs, reduced carbon footprint and return on investment.

What you can do

  • Turn off computer monitors, printers and other peripherals when not in use as turning off equipment when leaving a room even for ten minutes can make a significant energy saving
  • Share digital copies of documentation via email or file shares rather than printing it out
  • Bring a laptop or other mobile device to meetings instead of printing things out or having to write notes on paper
  • Make use of videoconferencing facilities to reduce travel
  • If you must print a document be sure to print in duplex, on both sides of the page. Most modern printers have this functionality and it may be the case that your printer settings need to be configured to allow you print in duplex.
  • Recycle your old printouts
  • Buy the right equipment - laptops use much less energy than powerful desktop computers
  • Buy equipment that will last - the manufacturing process accounts for 70% of the natural resources used in a PCs lifetime